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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. Materials Program Manager in Arlington, Texas

Job Descriptions:


The Material Program Manager (MPM) is responsible for managing Purchasing activities for assigned programs, including strategic product and supplier strategies. The MPM manages the relationships between the program office(s) and the procurement organization.


  • Prepares and coordinates complex subcontract specifications and work statements, and coordinates terms and conditions for the procurement of materials, equipment, systems, and services.

  • Evaluates and negotiates teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements and other agreements.

  • Leads the critical path of product bill of materials and program timelines associated with new product launches while overseeing the existing program supply chains.

  • Monitors performance metrics and provides reports to Program Managers.

  • Facilitates coordination of Purchasing resources to support program material and services content of the proposal pipeline.

  • Represents Purchasing at proposal reviews, EAC reviews and program reviews. During proposal activities, develops Purchasing Basis of Estimates (BOEs).

  • Coordinates proposal requirements from the Business Development/Programs departments to develop a comprehensive acquisition strategy to support customer RFPs.

  • Produces weekly status reports and action items for the Procurement Manager and supporting Programs Managers, as required. Recommends solutions for materials shortages and/or strategies related to program milestones and objectives.

  • Develops and maintains assigned performance metrics and provides reports as required.

  • Provides input to the program EAC reviews including Purchasing risks and opportunities

  • Works intimately with Program Scheduling and Production Planning to develop and track procurement schedule and milestones

  • As the Cost Account Manager (CAM) for Purchasing, on assigned program(s), ensures compliance to cost, schedule and quality requirements for materials and services on assigned programs. Provides reports and recovery plans for non-compliant activities.

  • Understands and communicates Program requirements and Program goals/objective to Buyers

  • Uses Lean / Six Sigma and critical thinking skills to propose sound and innovative business solutions to increase operational efficiencies to insure business area and program success

  • Aids in supplier selection with focus on identifying scalable suppliers early in the development phase

  • Analyzes quotations from different suppliers and negotiates for best price and delivery schedule to meet program plan

  • Coordinates efforts to develop alternate/additional/second sources for key/critical supplied items when/where necessary to address program risk and assure continuation of supplied parts by partnering with key stakeholders effectively

  • Responsible for updating and maintaining the Costed Bill of Material (CBOM) on assigned programs

  • Responsible for overall product cost savings objectives on assigned programs

  • Owns development of critical parts list, approved supplier control, end of life component identification in the development phase

  • Coordinates material make/buy strategies with Manufacturing Engineering

  • Coordinates with Chief Engineer to ensure Bill of Material component list completeness and material readiness throughout the development processes

  • Tracks, monitors, and controls inventory for assigned programs

  • Develops and owns schedules related to material readiness for product as well as schedules of achieving product cost targets

  • Owns budget (capital and expense) tracking of costs related to meeting material readiness dates

  • Completes supplier benchmarking initiatives as required, ensuring competitive pricing in place

  • Participates in supplier quality audits for conformance to company requirements

  • Ensures obsolescence issues and other changes (e.g., ECN/ECP) for key/critical suppliers are promptly and satisfactorily addressed to meet Program needs, keeping a broad focus on the goals of the Company’s strategic Supply Chain objectives

  • Participates in the preparation of supplier performance reviews. May communicate need for Supplier improvement, and progress on improvement to Procurement Manager and Buyers.

  • Supports supplier source selection activities and participates in source selection criteria, proposal evaluation and may assist in developing recommendations

  • Proactively identifies material-related risks that may inhibit program execution. Supports development and implementation of risk mitigation plans/strategies

Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned



  • None

Required Experience:


  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards

  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors

  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public, suppliers, and customers as necessary

  • Ability to adhere to workplace rules

  • Ability to effectively communicate professionally, in writing or verbally, with all levels of personnel

  • Ability to adjust priorities and manage time wisely in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to organize workload to assure that short timelines are met while having frequent interruptions; and to effectively problem solve from an institutional perspective

  • Ability to analyze data, business and program strategies, and other information to reach accurate conclusions.

  • Ability to think analytically and produce accurate analysis, while applying good judgment to conduct assigned responsibilities accurately and effectively.

  • Ability to close open actions and meet deadlines assigned.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of supply chain processes and related systems subcontract management, logistics, and asset management.

  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to convert Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) project schedule activities and tasking into executable discrete supply chain tasks.

  • Demonstrated history in cost reduction and bidding techniques to maximize value.

  • Proven abilities to negotiate with suppliers.

  • Demonstrated knowledge the teaming agreement process.

  • Thorough knowledge of purchasing techniques including strategic supplier concepts.

  • Strong problem solving, and critical thinking skills.

  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to drive solutions through an Integrated Product Team (IPT) environment.

  • Ability to convert business area and customer requirements into executable strategies.

  • Excellent risk management methodologies and problem solving techniques.

  • Working knowledge of customer flow through requirements such as FAR/DFARS, ITAR, offset, FCPA, quality and warranty clauses.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Project).

  • Working knowledge of ERP/MRP systems.


  • Lean/Six Sigma Certification (Green or Black Belt)

  • Subcontracts Management, minimum of 3 years of direct experience

  • Earned Value Management Systems experience

  • Familiarity with CINCOM is desirable


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, and Engineering.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Supplier Management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience developing and managing program budgets.

  • Experience managing proposal Purchasing activities.

  • Extensive knowledge required of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).

  • May be required to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information (requires US citizenship).


  • Material Program Manager Certification preferable

  • Market knowledge of, and experience with, Aerospace and Defense industry is a plus


  • Primarily works in an office environment. May infrequently conduct work or attend/hold meeting in a manufacturing environment

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time

  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboarding, writing, phones)


  • 0-10% May be required to travel domestic and internationally

As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042, we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 4th 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 4th 2022, subject to approved medical, religious or other accommodation

Keyword: Materials Program Manager

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